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2018 HIV/AIDS EDUCATION SCHEDULE FOR AREA 2A
The following is a listing of scheduled HIV education programs being offered in area 2A for 2018:
 
HIV/AIDS 500/501 Certification Course (for new counselors and nurses)
 
DOH Gulf County/Port St. Joe
Wednesday, January 24 – 9:00am to 4:00pm (EST)
Thursday, January 25 – 9:00am to 1:00pm (EST) / Sure Check Kit Training – 1:30pm to 3:30pm
 
DOH Washington County/Chipley
Wednesday, April 11 – 9:00am to 4:00pm (CST)
Thursday, April 12 – 9:00am to 1:00pm (CST) / Sure Check Kit Training – 1:30pm to 3:30pm
 
DOH Bay County/Panama City
Monday, July 30 – 9:00am to 4:00pm (CST)
Tuesday, July 31 – 9:00am to 1:00pm (CST) / Sure Check Kit Training – 1:30pm to 3:30pm
 
DOH Jackson County/Marianna
Wednesday, October 10 – 9:00am to 4:00pm (CST)
Thursday, October 11 – 9:00am to 1:00pm (CST) / Sure Check Kit Training – 1:30pm to 3:30pm
 
HIV 501 Update (1-Hour refresher for counselors and nurses)
 
Holmes & Washington Counties/Bonifay: Friday, March 2 – 1:00pm to 2:00pm (CST)
Jackson County/Marianna: Wednesday, April 4 – 1:00pm to 2:00pm (CST)
Calhoun & Liberty Counties/Blountstown: Monday, April 16 – 1:00pm to 2:00pm (CST)
Bay County/Panama City: Wednesday, April 25 – 7:30am to 8:30am (CST)
Gulf & Franklin Counties/Port St. Joe: Thursday, June 7 – 2:00pm to 3:00pm (EST)
Bay County/Panama City: Wednesday, August 8 – 2:00pm to 3:00pm (CST)
Bay County/Panama City: Thursday, November 1 – 2:00pm to 3:00pm (CST)
 
HIV 101 (4-Hour Introductory Course w/CEUs available upon request)
 
DOH Bay County/Panama City
Thursday, February 1 – 8:00am to 12:00pm (CST)
or Monday, May 7 – 12:00pm to 4:00pm (CST)
Anyone who wishes to attend any of these programs must first register using the following link:
 
https://goo.gl/forms/OqYUw5tsAugi7tZz2 (this link will open in a new window)
 
Once you have registered, a confirmation and calendar invite from the trainer will be sent to you.
(*Requests for other HIV & HCV-related classes can be requested through this form*)
 
Please contact Robert Wilson at (850) 252-9597 with any questions or issues.                                                                                                         

HIV Testing 

The Florida Department of Health in Bay County offers the HIV [Human Immunodeficiency Virus] test at no charge.

  • Testing is confidential.
  • Anonymous testing is available for a fee. Instead of giving your name, you will be identified by a unique number.
  • Partner notification services are available.
  • Testing is offered by appointment, or you can walk in between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
  • Confidential HIV Rapid Testing is available each Tuesday (starting January 2018) as walk-ins from 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
For more information about HIV/AIDS call 850-872-4455 or via DLCHD03HIV-AIDSContacts@flhealth.gov

PrEP 

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) is when people at very high risk for HIV take HIV medicines daily to lower their chances of getting infected. PrEP can stop HIV from taking hold and spreading throughout your body. It is highly effective for preventing HIV if used as prescribed, but it is much less effective when not taken consistently.

PrEP may be a good option for you if:

  • Your partner lives with HIV
  • Your partner's HIV status is not known.
  • You've had an STD in the past 6 months.
  • You use injection drugs.
  • Your partner uses injection drugs.

Daily PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex by more than 90%. Among people who inject drugs, it reduces the risk by more than 70%. Your risk of getting HIV from sex can be even lower if you combine PrEP with condoms and other prevention methods.

PrEP should be taken every day. People who take PrEP should see their health care provider every 3 months for follow-up and prescription refills.

PrEP is covered by most insurance programs. If you don't have insurance, you can get medication assistance to help pay for PrEP.

For more information on PrEP contact our clinic at 850-872-4455.

Source: CDC

Meningococcal Disease Vaccine 

The meningococcal disease rate for gay, bisexual men and men who have sex with men is on the rise.

Meningococcal disease can:

  • Cause severe infections of the brain's lining, the spinal cord or the bloodstream.
  • Spread through respiratory and throat secreations like spit, and by living in close quarters, kissing, sexual contact, etc.
  • Cause sudden fever, headache, stiff neck or flu-like syjmptoms- often with nausea, vomiting, increase sensitivity to light, rash and confusion.

Get the Meningococcal disease vaccine. Call our clinic at 850-872-4455.

Hep A Vaccine 

Hepatitis A refers to live inflammation caused by infection with the Hepatits A virus. Because of its highly contagious nature, it often results in outbreaks or epidemics. There are vaccines that can prevent heaptitis A and B, as well as combination vaccines that protects against both.

Protection starts about 2-4 weeks after the first shot, with a second dosage administered 6-18 months later to ensure long-term protection.

Who needs to the Hepatitis A vaccine?

  • Men who have sex with men.
  • Anyone who uses street drugs or shares needles.
  • People who have chronic liver disease or an impaired immune system.
  • Any person being treated with blood-clotting drugs, such as those with hemophilia.

Clinic Services 

Our clinic specializes in providing medical care for persons living with HIV and AIDS. We see patients by appointment.

If you are HIV-positive and want more information about medical services, or to see our HIV specialist, call the Florida Department of Health in Bay County at 850-872-4455 to make an appointment.

AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP/Premium Plus) 

This program provides medications to low-income people who are living with HIV. The medications treat HIV disease and certain opportunistic infections. Eligibility is based on 400% of federal poverty level or less for program, current (less than 6 months old) CD4 and Viral load labs and current prescriptions for HIV medications. Call 850-872-4455 and press option 1, then option 2, to make an appointment to enroll or for a medication pickup.

Education 

Classes are provided to any interested group who would like HIV prevention education for their church, civic, or community group. They are tailored to the needs of your specific population.

Certification classes required to maintain health care and other professional licenses are available, usually on the first Thursday of each month. Call for details.

Special classes are available to train volunteers and professionals to do HIV/AIDS counseling and testing. These are held at the health department or at other locations throughout the surrounding six counties.

Central Panhandle AIDS Network 

Join us and have your voice heard! The Central Panhandle AIDS Network has monthly Consortium meetings that address prevention and patient care issues within Area 2A, which includes Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson and Washington Counties. This organization is a partnership of local agencies, health care providers and concerned citizens that meets quarterly in Bay County. All interested people are invited to attend. Please call for details and the location of the next meeting!

There is neither a cure for AIDS nor a vaccine that can prevent HIV infection